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DUI’s, downtown B & E, highway accident just few of calls keeping NPD officers busy

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
August 22nd, 2016

Nelson Police Department was kept busy during the past few days, dealing with almost 100 calls for service from motor vehicle accidents, to a break-and-enter file to drivers still not getting the message that drinking and driving do not mix.

“Nelson Police would like to remind residents that it is everyone’s responsibility to reduce the amount of impaired driving in our community,” said Acting Sergeant Matt Caldwell in a NPD media release.

“Stop friends and family before they get behind the wheel impaired . . .. Call 911 to report impaired drivers,” Caldwell added. “And, if drinking, please don’t drive. Take a cab, walk, or call a friend. The alternative could cost lives.”

Caldwell said the calls for service happened between Thursday and Monday morning.

B & E at Baker Street Bar

Saturday night, Sunday morning, police responded to a commercial break and enter at a local bar on Baker Street during the overnight hours.

Caldwell said suspect(s) gained access with force and stole money, electronics, and some alcohol. Total losses are still being tabulated as the investigation continues.

Cottonwood Park Fight
 
Saturday, a male known to police was arrested after a fight at Cottonwood Park.

“The victim was struck in the head and face, resulting in a trip to Kootenay Lake Hospital with the report of a possible broken jaw,” Caldwell said.

“The suspect is facing a charge of assault with a weapon causing bodily harm, along with charges for failure to comply with an undertaking given to an officer in charge. “

The suspect remains in custody at Nelson Police cells.

Driver runs after being involved in motor vehicle accident
 
Saturday morning, police responded to a serious motor vehicle collision occurred on Hwy 3A/6 just East of Government Road.

Caldwell said a westbound vehicle allegedly crossed a double solid line, sideswiping the oncoming vehicle before crashing into the rock wall.

The driver fled on foot before being located in the yard of a Rosemont resident.

The man was arrested without incident. 

“After further investigation the male was released with several charges under the Motor Vehicle Act,” Caldwell said.

“Thankfully nobody was hurt. Both vehicles suffered severe damages.”

Drivers still not getting the message
 
Caldwell said Nelson Police continue to stop driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

“This weekend four drivers lost their licenses for between 24 hours and 90 days,” he said.

“Their vehicles were towed and they may face further charges.”

Numerous bear calls from public

Caldwell said Nelson Police received multiple calls for bear activity within the city limits.

All calls were checked to ensure the safety of Nelson residents and BC Conservation Service was also contacted and updated.

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